Friday, July 16, 2010

Gals Guzzle

Melissa, Mary, Kelly and Sally
Holy cats but the gals had fun last night at Jeffry’s. Martinis, champagne, wine, steak tartare, oysters, frites, fresh-made mozzarella! The evening was described as luxurious, not just the setting (which was by the way, and hopping, and everything half-priced for happy hour), but because we felt indulgent. We laughed, we gossiped, we laughed! Melissa Garnett and her husband own the Uvalde Leader News and the Pearsall newspaper. Melissa is very active in the Humane Society Uvalde, and I met her (round-about) through Paula Disbrowe (whose cookbook, Real Cajun, written with Donald Link, just won the 2010 James Beard Cookbook Award for American Cooking!). What a fun, funny gal Melissa is! Lucky me for meeting her. Mary Wilbur and her husband Bob are very involved as CEO and Marketing Director for Salient Systems, a manufacturer of Video Surveillance Management, Digital Video Recording and Network Video Recording systems. Mary is also very involved in philanthropy in Austin. She and I bonded about 10 years ago when we worked on a gala together. Mary is smart and good through and through. Kelly Jackson is a writer, yoga instructor and partner with her sister Sally as the duo, “Midlife Gals,” a fabulous comedy team, contributors to More Magazine, and much more. Check out their blog at  Sally Jackson, in addition to being a partner with Kelly in “Midlife Gals,” is an accomplished actor, and a casting director, having cast principal actors for directors such as Stephen Spielberg, Robert Redford, Sidney Lumet, Kevin Costner, Roger Vadim and John Milius. Trust me gals. One of these days you’re going to see Sal and Kelly walk across the stage to accept an Academy Award or an Emmy, or both, and you’re going to say, “Aren’t those the gals that SueAnn told us about?” Unfortunately Linda Benjamin didn’t make it, but I’m sure she’s got some outrageous excuse and since I love her, I will forgive her.

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